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Manager support for work-family issues and its impact on employee-reported pain in the extended care setting.

Authors
O'Donnell-EM; Berkman-LF; Subramanian-SV
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2012 Sep; 54(9):1142-1149
NIOSHTIC No.
20042130
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Supervisor-level policies and the presence of a manager engaged in an employee's need to achieve work-family balance, or "supervisory support," may benefit employee health, including self-reported pain. METHODS: We conducted a census of employees at four selected extended care facilities in the Boston metropolitan region (n = 368). Supervisory support was assessed through interviews with managers and pain was reported by employees. RESULTS: Our multilevel logistic models indicate that employees with managers who report the lowest levels of support for work-family balance experience twice as much overall pain as employees with managers who report high levels of support. CONCLUSIONS: Low supervisory support for work-family balance is associated with an increased prevalence of employee-reported pain in extended care facilities. We recommend that manager-level policies and practices receive additional attention as a potential risk factor for poor health in this setting.
Keywords
Health-care; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-practices; Worker-health; Management-personnel; Supervisory-personnel; Health-programs; Work-operations; Administration; Families; Epidemiology; Humans; Pain-tolerance; Health-surveys; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Risk-factors
Contact
Emily M. O'Donnell, MS, Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave, SPH 3, Floor 7, Boston, MA, 02115
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20120901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
eodonnel@hsph.harvard.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U01-OH-008788
Issue of Publication
9
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA; OR
Performing Organization
Portland State University
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